5 Tips to Keep Your Hair Healthy and Strong

As we age our hair may become brittle and thin.  Using harsh chemicals and heat on our hair may attribute to damage, leaving our hair looking dull and lifeless.  There are steps we can take to promote healthy hair growth.

Learn how to keep the shine in your gorgeous locks by using the following tips to help your hair stay healthy and strong!

Tips for Healthy Hair

1) Choose a Sulfate-Free Shampoo

A common ingredient found in shampoos, sulfates help remove buildup and debris. But, they can also irritate and dry the scalp, strip color and shine, cause split ends, and cause the hair cuticle to become rough and coarse. Sulfate-free shampoos, like those from L’Oreal and Pureology, help attract moisture back to hair.

2) Take a Multivitamin

An easy way to maintain healthy hair from the inside out, selecting a multivitamin that contains these four essentials is vital for healthier, stronger hair.

  • Biotin: The most important supplement you can take, Biotin is vital for hair growth and strengthening both hair and nails.
  • Vitamin B: Helps to enhance fullness and the way hair looks by promoting blood circulation to the scalp, preventing premature grays and hair loss, and stimulating growth.
  • Vitamin C: Influences how hair maintains its color and the right level of moisture.
  • Vitamin D: Working hand in hand with calcium, Vitamin D helps to grow hair and protect it from drying and breaking.

3) Go easy on the hair care products…and use the right ones

Combatting static, flyaways, and flatness makes it easy to load up on mousse and hair spray, but ultimately, the overuse of styling products has the reverse effect. Too much of a good thing can limit natural hair movement, clump the hair together, weigh it down, and make it look greasy, increasing the appearance of thinness or less hair. Stick to a dime-sized portion of product, avoiding contact with the scalp so as not to clog pores or cause flakes. For added moisture, select a deep conditioner that penetrates the hair or use a leave-in conditioning treatment.

4) Get a Trim

Getting a monthly trim immediately improves the look and condition of hair. New ends are also less prone to static and frizz.

5) Limit Artificial Heat

Many of us are guilty of blasting scorching, artificial heat on our locks each day with a favorite beauty tool. Not only can these tools actually burn your hair, but they also dry it out, leaving it susceptible to breakage and split ends. Make sure to only use a dryer once hair is damp (not dripping wet) and keep it at least six inches away, moving it continuously over different areas.

With irons, never leave them on hair for more than 15-20 seconds. Heat protectors and/or a leave-in conditioner are always recommended to help protect your strands from the very beginning and increase volume, but if possible, skip the tools a couple days a week and go au natural.

Dr. Jeff Donovan, Board-certified Dermatologist/Hair Restoration Physician, Hair Club Medical Group

What is your favorite tip to maintaining healthy hair?

Have you considered adding iron supplements to your diet? Iron is an essential nutrient that helps carry hemoglobin to all the cells in the body. Some people believe that iron deficiency anemia can contribute to hair breakage and dullness. Consult with your doctor about iron supplements if you notice other symptoms like fatigue, weakness and irritability.

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